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How to Fix Common Plumbing Problems in the Bathroom (page 2 of 2)

Learn how to repair clogged traps, blocked drains, stopped-up toilets and weak showers.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Learn How To:

Clear Stopped-Up Toilets

If flush water rises to the rim and then drains slowly, the toilet trap or drain is blocked. To unblock these, use a plunger first, then a snake — the latter burrows into the blockage and loosens it up.

Materials and Tools:
snake

Steps:
Pull a section of the snake out of the drum (Image 1).

Tighten the retaining nut on top of the snake body (Image 2).

Rotate the drum of the snake so it burrows into the waste system to dislodge the blockage (Image 3).

Fix Weak Water Pressure in the Shower

Reduced shower flow is usually due to limescale buildup. This can easily be removed with a descaling product.

Materials and Tools:
screwdriver, bowl, descaling solution

Steps:
Unscrew the shower head from the hose (Image 1).

Unscrew the spray plate and immerse it in descaling solution (Image 2).

Leave it in the solution for specified length of time. Flush any remaining scale from the pipes before replacing the shower head (Image 30).

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